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Supervisors' skills are essential building blocks of effective leadership. AFE’s Certified Professional Supervisor (CPS) Program was built to develop and strengthen these foundational skills. The knowledge gained from the CPS program will ensure supervisors effectively execute and manage any situation necessary to perform the job.


Role of Supervisor

Industrial Workplace and Safety

Communication Skills

Business and Industrial Law

Interpersonal Skills

Interviewing and Hiring

Introduction to Finance and Budgeting

Conflict Resolution

Leadership and Motivation

Time Management and Planning

Problem Solving and Team Building


1. Check Eligibility

There are two ways in which you can qualify for the CPS (Eligibility Matrix).

  1. A minimum of 2 years in a management or supervisory capacity (any field / industry).
  2. A minimum of 3 years in the work experience overall.
2. Apply

You can take the CPS exam at either (1) an AFE review program site or (2) at your workplace, using a proctor from your employer’s human resources. If that is not an option, a boss or supervisor may act as your proctor. If you take the exam at your facility you have two format options: paper-based or on-line. Test materials are forwarded to the proctor one day in advance of your exam date. Upon completion of the exam, the proctor will return the materials to the certification department for grading.

Apply here

Please note: The verification of employment section of this application must be completed and attached to your application. 
Verification of Employment Packet

Find more information on the CPS course here!

Upcoming Review Courses

Upcoming Events

Costs Early bird registration ends 45 days prior to the start date of the review course. Regular registration ends 7 days prior to the start date of the review course.

  Self Study  Early Bird Registration  Regular Registration 
Member  $700  $829  $1,295
Non-Member  $910  $1,050  $1,595


1. Check the Guidelines
Be sure to review the needed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to renew your certification (CPS Renewal Guidelines).

2. Apply for your Certification Renewal here!

CEU Verification Form

* the CEU Verification is a supplemental form to the Certification Renewal Application. This should only be used if you decide to use the 90 day window to submit your CEUs after submitting your application. If applicable, this form should be sent to within the above stated time window.